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Charli XCX Slams the Gas on Hyperkinetic ‘Vroom Vroom’

October 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Charli XCX speeds into the sunset on her hyperkinetic new track, “Vroom Vroom,” which she debuted on Beats 1 radio while filling in for DJ Julie Adenuga. Sidebar 20 Best Pop Albums of 2014: Charli XCX, ‘Sucker’ » Produced by hotshot PC Music associate Sophie, “Vroom Vroom” offers an array of ear candy: Bounding synths reminiscent of Giorgio [...]

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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Paul Simon Deep Cut?

September 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Paul Simon appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week to perform “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” though he was officially billed as the lead singer of the fictitious Paul Simon tribute act Troubled Waters. Colbert even created a website for the bogus group, listing 2012 dates like the Yorktown High School FUNraiser [...]

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Summer Concert Boom Marks Industry Turnaround

September 5th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

With the Rolling Stones, U2, Taylor Swift and One Direction on the road during an economic recovery, it’s hard to imagine the concert business having anything other than a blockbuster summer. Sidebar Summer 2015′s 30 Hottest Tours » First-half North American ticket sales were up 5.8 percent compared to 2014, according to Pollstar; top promoter [...]

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Charli XCX, Bleachers’ ‘Do America’ Tour Canceled for ‘Personal Reasons’

August 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

The second leg of Charli XCX and Bleachers‘ joint U.S. tour has been canceled after the Sucker singer withdrew from the trek due to “personal reasons.” “These personal reasons include the fact that I need to be creative,” XCX wrote to fans on Facebook. “Artists tour for a really really long time and I have been on the [...]

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Carrie Underwood Announces New Album ‘Storyteller’

August 21st, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Country radio stations all over the world received a big, unexpected surprise today: a new Carrie Underwood song. The uptempo “Smoke Break,” penned by the country superstar with longtime collaborators Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Two Black Cadillacs”) and Chris DeStefano (“Good Girl,” “Something in the Water”), is what she calls “an anthem for [...]

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Bjork Ready to ‘Start Anew’ and Move On From ‘Vulnicura’

August 11th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Björk recently announced she was canceling several upcoming European concerts, citing a scheduling conflict for the nixed gigs in support of her LP Vulnicura. While the performances were initially postponed, in a new message to fans, the singer explains her eagerness to move on from her acclaimed, but painful, new record. Sidebar Bjork on Feeling Like an [...]

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Björk Ready to ‘Start Anew’ and Move On From ‘Vulnicura’

August 10th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Björk recently announced she was canceling several upcoming European concerts, citing a scheduling conflict for the nixed gigs in support of her LP Vulnicura. While the performances were initially postponed, in a new message to fans, the singer explains her eagerness to move on from her acclaimed, but painful, new record. Sidebar Bjork on Feeling Like an [...]

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Neil Young Erases Most of Catalog From Streaming Services

July 29th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Neil Young has made good on his promise to expunge his catalog from streaming services, but the rocker’s Geffen era LPs remain available Michael Tran/Getty It took two weeks but Neil Young finally expunged the vast majority of his catalog from streaming services. On July 15th, the rocker issued a pair of Facebook posts deriding [...]

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Little Big Town Cancel More Tour Dates

July 28th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Since May 9th, Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” has reigned as the biggest country song in America, sitting atop the Billboard charts for nearly three months straight. It couldn’t be a better time for the band to hit the road. Unfortunately, the bulk of Little Big Town’s summer tour — which was scheduled to resume [...]

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Neil Young Pulling Catalog From Streaming Services

July 16th, 2015 · No Comments · Guitar

Neil Young announced Wednesday that he is pulling his music off streaming services over frustration with the medium’s sound quality. On Facebook, the Harvest singer wrote that while he also has issues with how streaming services compensate artists, it’s how his music sounds when streamed that pushed him to his limit. “Streaming has ended for me. I [...]

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